Thanks to genetics you may often hear, “oh you look just like your mother did at that age” or “he has his daddy’s eyes for sure,” which are usually nice compliments to hear, but funny how you never hear “yep, you got your grandma’s bunions” or “lookout for toenail fungus it’s rampant in our family.” Aside from the fact that people don’t generally discuss foot problems, especially at family gatherings, many are also unaware that 95% of foot problems are hereditary. A New York podiatrist from Adler Footcare discusses a few below.
A bunion is a bone deformity that creates a bump, usually on the big toe joint. Bunions are caused by an enlargement of the joint that causes the toe to move out of place. Bunions can be painful, especially when friction is caused by the bunion rubbing against footwear. Since bunions are genetic they are not able to heal themselves. Getting rid of a bunion completely usually involves surgery. A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can perform minimally invasive bunion surgery, which is done by making a very small incision in the foot and causes significantly less trauma than traditional bunion surgery.
The arch in your foot is formed by tendons that attach at your heel and foot bones. When these tendons are pulling properly, they cause you to have flat feet, also known as fallen arches. Flat feet are an abnormality usually present at birth and can also be caused by some health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. While flat feet aren’t necessarily bad in and of themselves, they can cause foot pain. In this case, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will check your health history for evidence of illnesses and injuries in your family that could be linked to flat feet, then make a proper diagnosis.
If members in your family have hammertoes, then you also have a higher chance of having them. A hammertoe is a deformity that occurs when the toe bends at the middle joint, creating a curly toe that resembles a hammer. They are also caused by shoes that fit poorly or from not bearing weight properly. The good news is that a hammertoe can be prevented if it’s caught early enough, however, failure to get treatment can cause it to get worse. This may ultimately require minimally invasive hammertoe surgery by a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare.
You are more susceptible to getting ingrown toenails if they are common among your family members. However, ingrown toenails are more often caused by improperly trimming your toenails, wearing shoes that don’t fit well, or injuries. Ingrown toenails are easy to treat at home. Learn what you should do to keep them from getting worse here.
Toenail fungus is something you might be able to blame your parents for! You are more prone to get toenail fungus if one of your parents has had it, but this also means you could increase the chance of your children getting it too. Since toenail fungus is hereditary there isn’t much you can do except practice good preventive measures and visit a New York podiatrist early on if you think you have toenail fungus to find out the best treatment options for you. If you think you might have toenail fungus, download our free offer for more information:
Just because the foot problems discussed above are hereditary doesn’t mean they aren’t treatable – especially if any of them are causing you chronic foot pain. If you’d like more information about treatments options contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.